SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Robbie Findley scored on a sliding strike in the 87th minute and Real Salt Lake escaped with a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC after a wild finish on Monday night.
RSL (7-6-6) is unbeaten in 11 home games this season and sits in first place in the MLS Western Conference heading into a team-record, 18-day layoff.
Defender Jamison Olave scored the first goal of his MLS career for RSL in the 63rd minute, bouncing a header past goalkeeper Greg Sutton at the near post. But Toronto midfielder Amado Guevara tied the game on a free kick from about 28 yards out in the 84th minute, putting the Reds (6-7-4) in position to snap a four-game road losing streak.
It didn't happen.
Findley raced to catch up with the rebound of teammate Kyle Beckerman's shot in the middle of the area, poking the winner past Sutton to stretch Toronto's overall winless streak to five games.
Toronto again played without forward Chad Barrett as the team is working to acquire him in a trade with the Chicago Fire for the rights to striker Brian McBride. Toronto was also without midfielder Maurice Edu and defender Marvell Wynne, who have joined the U.S. Olympic team for the upcoming Beijing Games.
Defender Robbie Russell played the final 17 minutes in his first action since joining RSL in a free transfer from Denmark last week.